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South Africa: Ekurhuleni – Pioneering Solar Thermal City

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 13, 2013

It pays off to go green! No municipality in South Africa knows this better than the city of Ekurhuleni, which has recently been awarded the first prize in the national Greenest Municipality Competition and took home prize money amounting to South African Rand (ZAR) 3.5 million (EUR 248,000), as the South African Government News Agency (SA News) reported at the end of June. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM), which was established in 2001 by merging nine towns, intends to become Africa´s first Aerotropolis, a city around Johannesburg´s OR Tambo International Airport as its urban core (see photo). But since airports are usually not the best examples of eco-friendliness or natural environments – what is it that makes Ekurhuleni so green? To come straight to the point: It´s the sun and its energy in all its facets.
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